The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has dismissed media reports that party leader Raila Odinga is expected to tour Kisii this week.
The reports emerged days after Deputy President William Ruto visited the area, attracting huge crowds.
In a statement issued in Nairobi on Monday, 14th September, by Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna, the party said there was no such plan at the moment.
“Our attention has been drawn to reports by a section of the media that Hon Raila Amolo Odinga is scheduled to visit the Gusii region, in particular, Kisii County this week. The ODM party wants to make it clear that there is no such schedule in the region as claimed by the section of the media, ” the statement read.
“Odinga’s meetings/events are announced to the public through the media by the party’s communications team and not through speculation and sensationalism.”
Odinga, who has been camping in the coast region at the weekend, hinted at a possible stab at the presidency in the 2022 General Election.
Speaking in Mombasa in the company of Governor Ali Hassan Joho, Odinga said he was ready to battle it out when the time comes.
“Baba hajachoka, yuko tayari, je nyinyi mko tayari? (I am not tired. I am very ready, what of you?)”, said Odinga.
His remarks come as Deputy President William Ruto’s allies have been mounting pressure on the ODM leader to retire from politics ahead of 2022 poll.
Other politicians aspiring to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta include Deputy President Ruto, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), and Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni), and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi.